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Aron and Helen

A glacier retreats

Aron and Helen live on a farm in Hofsnes in Öræfi where they run a small mountain guide company. Aron is his family's fifth generation to oversee the family-run business, but his great great grandfather took their first customer up to Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland's highest peak, in 1891.

Originally Aron and Helen stumbled upon each other up on the glacier, where they were working for rival guide companies. That was love at first sight.

Their farm is in close proximity to Iceland's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Inevitably the glacier, therefore, plays a large role in their lives. As a part of their job as guides, they both regularly visit the nearest outlets of the glacier, giving them a first-hand experience of the glacier's development.

In a quite short time, the landscape surrounding the large glacier has drastically changed. Increasingly more glacial lagoons have formed due to the increased melting, 500 meter (1640 ft.) long ice caves have disappeared and large sand dunes have formed from the retreat of the glacier.

Not only does this development force Helen and Aron to question the future of their family's livelihood, but also the entire nation to question its efforts towards preserving the country's unique nature.

"Not only does this development force Helen and Aron to question the future of their family's livelihood, but also the entire nation to question its efforts towards preserving the country's unique nature."

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